Regent University Facts

Our Name

A "regent" is defined as one who represents a king in his absence. For Regent University, a regent is one who represents Christ, our Sovereign, in whatever sphere of life he or she may be called to serve Him.

University Degrees and Programs

Degrees awarded (2015-16)
Associate degrees
Bachelor's degrees
Master's degrees
Doctoral degrees
First Professional degrees


Institutional: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
Specialized: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), American Psychological Association (APA)*, Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Association of Theological Schools (ATS), American Bar Association (ABA), Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

Read more about accreditation.

General Facts

  • Founded in 1978 and located on 70 acres in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Regent consists of seven graduate schools and one undergraduate school.
  • Regent is nationally recognized as a Top 20 Best Online Bachelor's Program by U.S. News & World Report, 2016, and offers the highest-ranked Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia. Regent is also ranked #15 in Online Programs for Veterans, and a Top 5 Online MBA Programs in Virginia, 2016.
  • Regent is recognized as a Best National University by U.S. News & World Report, 2015.
  • Regent University is recognized nationally as one of only 24 universities in the U.S. to receive an "A" rating by ACTA.
  • Regent University School of Law's faculty were recognized among the Top 10 Faculty in the nation by The Princeton Review, 2013, 2014 & 2015.
  • Regent University School of Law's Moot Court team finished Top 2 Globally.
    at the University of Oxford's Price Media Law Moot Court Programme
    , competing against teams including the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.
  • The university offers more than 95 graduate and undergraduate areas of study on campus and online, with over 20,000 alumni as of February 2016.
  • Regent was named to G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazines' 2015 list of Military-Friendly Schools.
  • Regent University is recognized as the 3rd Safest College Nationally by NICHE, 2015.
  • Regent University was named the 15th Most Beautiful Christian College and University Campus by Christian Universities Online, 2015.
  • More than 715 Hampton Roads Teachers of the Year received their degrees or certificates from Regent's School of Education and the school has yielded a 95 percent pass rate in the School Leadership Licensure Assessment.
  • Regent has been the recipient of more than 395 national and international film awards by the School of Communication & the Arts.
  • The School of Psychology & Counseling received an 95-percent match rate for fourth-year Psy.D. student internships in 2015, above the national average.
  • Regent offers international study programs in England, France, Italy and Israel.
  • Five university faculty members have been named Fulbright Scholars.

Nationally Recognized Graduates

  • Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, Dr. Jay Sekulow '04
  • Emmy Award-Winner, Tony Hale '95 (Best Supporting Actor)
  • Representative of Virginia's 2nd District, Scott Rigell '90
  • Former Assistant Administrator (presidential appointment with Senate confirmation) under President George W. Bush, Paul J. Bonicelli, Ph.D., '87
  • Louisiana State Senator, Sharon Weston Broome '84
  • New York Times Best-Selling Author and Lead Pastor of National Community Church, Mark Batterson '12
  • Tony-nominated Broadway producer, Bruce Long '98
  • Senior Founding Pastor of Calvary Revival Church and Presiding Bishop of Calvary Alliance Churches, B. Courtney McBath '98
  • National Middle School Principal of the Year, Sharon Byrdsong '08
  • National School Board Association Black Caucus's Educational Leadership Award and National Milken Award Winner, Doreatha White '01
  • Virginia's Preserve America History Teacher of the Year, Molly Gunsalus '02
  • Nation's first Assistant Secretary of Labor for Communications by Presidential nomination and U.S. Senatorial confirmation, Lisa Kruska '89
  • Screenplay writer for The Ultimate Gift released nationally, Cheryl McKay '95
  • Winner of American Bar Association's 2007 Negotiation Competition, succeeding Harvard
  • Winner of American Bar Association's 2006 National Moot Court Championship, previously won by Yale
  • Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team named SIFE USA Regional Champion
  • Two SBL alums serving as university presidents
  • Founder of the Asia Minor Research Center and the Seven Churches Network in Izmir, Turkey, Mark Wilson

Student Achievement

Regent places high importance on the whole student. Visit our Student Achievement page to learn about our success in cultivating exceptional graduates.

Signature Events

Regent hosts several national forums to address critical issues of the day. These signature events include the Clash of the Titans® debate and the Executive Leadership Series. These events draw nationally known leaders, authors, CEOs and government officials such as Brian Mulroney, Bob Dole, Al Gore, Newt Gingrich, Dee Dee Myers, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and others.

Library Resources

Regent's University Library contains over 320,000 printed volumes; 593,000 microforms; 33,383 video and audio recordings; 219 databases; 460,170 electronic books; and 353,033 journal titles by articles databases.


Regent University faculty members are graduates of Yale, Harvard, Duke, Johns Hopkins and other notable institutions. They are award-winning scholars and practitioners who endeavor to prepare individual students for excellence and success in their chosen fields. Regent students benefit from small class sizes and a high level of personal interaction with faculty members.

Distinguished Professors and Guest Lecturers

  • John Ashcroft, former U.S. Attorney General
  • Ehud Barak, former Israeli Prime Minister
  • Michael Barone, senior writer, U.S. News & World Report
  • Ben Carson, author and retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon
  • Vern Clark, former Chief of Naval Operations
  • Bob Dole, former U.S. Senator
  • Dean Charles W. Dunn, Chair, United States J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (1989-1994)
  • Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes Inc.
  • Newt Gingrich, former U.S. House Speaker
  • Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor
  • Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President
  • Hugh Heclo, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, George Mason University
  • T.D. Jakes, bishop of The Potter's House, best-selling author and producer
  • William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard
  • Wonsuk Ma, director, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies; co-editor, Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies
  • Lt. Col. Nir Nitzan, Israeli Defense Forces
  • Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Nancy Pearcey, Christian worldview expert
  • Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice
Total Faculty (as of Nov. 13, 2015)

Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18 to 1
Undergraduate Ratio
21 to 1
Graduate Ratio
15 to 1

Total Staff

Total Enrollment (Fall 2016)
Total Undergraduate
First professional
Non-degree seeking
Full-time students
Part-time students
Ethnic minorities represented
Number of denominations represented
Number of states represented
Number of countries represented

Average Age of Students:
Full-time undergraduate
Part-time undergraduate
Full-time graduate
Part-time graduate